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The year is 1999. The world's most popular television show is Smash T.V., an ultra-violent contest between two armed-to-the-teeth combatants, set loose in a series of deadly arenas that are filled to bursting with hordes of mindless beasts and killer robots. The aim of the game is to blast everything in sight and try to grab more cash and prizes than the other guy. Toaster ovens, VCRs, fancy cars and luxury holidays are there for the taking... for anyone who can survive long enough to enjoy them.

Smash T.V. is an insane shoot-em-up from the brain of Eugene Jarvis, creator of Robotron: 2084. It retains that game's frantic style of play and two-joystick control method, but adds plenty of gore, violence, a hint of satire and that all-important two player mode.


Smash T.V. SEGA Master System Tanks
Smash T.V. NES Contestant entering the arena
Smash T.V. Amstrad CPC Men with clubs are coming to beat the shit out of you
Smash T.V. Xbox 360 Meet Scarface, and end of level boss

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Smash T.V. Magazine Advertisement Inside Back Cover


Alternate Titles

  • "スマッシュTV" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Super Smash T.V." -- SNES/Genesis/Game Gear title
  • "Smash TV" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

One of the goriest games I've seen. SNES powerstone05 (349)
A great conversion of a great arcade game Amiga Martin Smith (66869)

Critic Reviews

Commodore Format Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 97 out of 100 97
64'er Commodore 64 Jun, 1992 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
1UP! SNES Oct 07, 2005 89 out of 100 89
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Mar, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Feb, 1992 34 out of 40 85
Retro Archives SNES Oct 18, 2017 15.5 out of 20 78
Power Play Atari ST Feb, 1992 63 out of 100 63
Retro Archives Atari ST Oct 18, 2017 11.5 out of 20 58
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Apr 29, 2006 35 out of 100 35


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Smash TV appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

BPjS/BPjM index

On June 30, 1992, Smash T.V. was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


  • Commodore Format
    • January 1992 (Issue 16) - Cf's all time Top Ten Essential Mega Games
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Shoot-'em-ups
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #33 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
    • October 1995 (Issue 61) – The Top Ten C64 Games of all Time

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